UConn ban prompts congressional response



HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The decision to ban Connecticut men’s basketball team from next year’s postseason because of past academic problems has led two members of Congress to say they will take a closer look at the NCAA.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Rep. John Larson, both Connecticut Democrats, said the system used to enforce NCAA standards “often appears arbitrary and unfair.”

UConn faces a postseason ban because of several years of low scores on the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rate. The school argues the penalty was applied retroactively and hurts current students, who had nothing to do with the low scores.

Blumenthal and Larson say they plan to “shine a light on the way the NCAA enforces its rules and review all possible courses of action to compel reform.”